Merry Hill / Midway VFD gains $50,000 from General Assembly

Published 6:47 pm Friday, August 5, 2022

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MERRY HILL – It’s not everyday that a volunteer fire department receives a check for $50,000.

But that’s what happened on Aug. 2 when North Carolina State House Representative Ed Goodwin surprised Merry Hill / Midway Volunteer Fire Department with a $50,000 check.

Merry Hill / Midway Volunteer Fire Jodey Sary said that the NC General Assembly gave Representative Goodwin $250,000 to spend as he chose within his District (Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties). He gave five departments in the area he represents $50,000 each. The other four to receive money were Belvedere/ Chapel Hill VFD in Perquimans County, Center Hill / Crossroads VFD in Chowan County, Plymouth VFD in Washington County, and South Mills in Camden County.

Goodwin stated that this money is money that can be spent to directly save lives.

“The money given to Merry Hill / Midway VFD will go towards an addition to our station,” Sary said. “We have outgrew our station.”

Sary added that after the station addition is finished, the department would like to add another pumper/tanker to their fleet of fire-fighting equipment.

“We would love to build a station that can accommodate our growing corner of the county,” Sary said. “We hope to have talks with the county about an EMS unit located here as well as one of the boats owned by the Sheriff’s department. These are things that are needed in our corner of the county, but we need space to store them.

“We cannot thank Representative Goodwin as well as the NC General Assembly enough for thinking of us when this money became available,” Sary added.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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